Fortescue Metals Group has officially opened its Eliwana iron ore mine in the Pilbara, creating 500 new jobs.
Located 90 kilometres west of Tom Price, the Eliwana operation includes a new dry ore processing facility with capacity of 30 million tonnes per annum and a new 143-kilometre rail line, which is in the final stages of construction.
Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston congratulated Fortescue and everyone involved on the completion of the Eliwana project, adding that contracts valued at $1.83 billion were awarded to Australian businesses during the project’s development, including 290 WA businesses and $150 million worth of contracts to Aboriginal businesses and their joint venture partners.
“This important project created around 2,000 jobs during construction and will create 500 full-time site positions as the team move into operations,” the Minister noted.
“Fortescue’s Eliwana mine will deliver a significant boost to Western Australia’s economy, during the post-COVID-19 recovery phase, and contribute to the State’s ongoing successful iron ore industry.”